Cities are superb for honing documentary photography skills. Street photography offers so many different opportunities to look for stories that are happening all of the time. In many ways is one of the most authentic styles of people photography. In March, I took another trip to London with two other photographers (and friends) - film legend Graham Fry and superb food photographer Stuart Webster - for a full day of street shooting. Resisting the urge to take the Fuji X-Pro1 (a digital camera perfectly suited for photojournalism that I have been testing for real-world wedding use) I once again used my trusty and loved Leica M6 with 35mm lens. I've said this before, but 35mm is without a doubt my favourite focal length. For me it is perfect.
I also took my 1950s Soviet made Zorki-4 camera along for the ride. This metallic rangefinder is based on an old (very old) Leica design and is spectacularly manual to use. The 50mm lens I used on it is based on a Zeiss design and I believe uses Zeiss glass. Whilst not as silky smooth (or enjoyable) to use as the Leica, it was certainly good fun and produces....interesting images.
The traditional thought of landscape photography doesn't hold much appeal for me - at least not producing it. What I like is people. I do however enjoy shapes and light, so the architecture and geometry that surrounds us in cities, is something I really wanted to explore as well as the people side of things.
As always, I welcome comments and questions below the post if you have enjoyed viewing.
Thanks to Graham for organising and to both of you for a great day.
Camera:Leica M6 Lens:Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7 Films:Kodak Tri-X 400, Fuji Neopan 400 Processing Lab: The Whole Picture Online
Camera: Zorki-4 Rangefinder Lens: Jupiter 3 50 1.5 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 Processed by Graham Fry